Singing, Song Writing and Performance

Whether you want to play an instrument, write song lyrics or learn to act, choosing one of these courses will give you the opportunity to combine learning with enjoyment. You may be musically challenged, a professional developing your skills or simply enjoy making music. Whatever you’re level, the emphasis is on the pleasure of taking part. You will be invited to contribute with occasional performances in some of these groups. The choice is yours.

Here are some courses but please check out the sections to see what else is available.

Singing For Absolute Beginners - An introduction to singing for those who sing in the bath or who have just started finding their own voice. No previous singing necessary, just a desire to learn more.

Love To Sing: A relaxed and fun space for all who want to explore group singing, build harmonies and discover the joy of vocal music. Various grooves, styles and genres will be covered. Beginners welcome.

The Mary Ward Singers: A lively choir singing a wide range of music much of it acapella. Students need to be able to read music. The aim is for students to enjoy choral music and occasional concerts are given. Please see our website for more…

Old Time Music Hll/Variety Theatre Performing: Professional coaching and rehearsals in preparation for regular public performances (at least 3 a term). Students attend for 2 hours: one hour of which is spent on solo performance and one hour with the whole group learning and performing groups’ scenas

Improvised Comedy – Beginners

Come and learn the core skills of improvised comedy over 8 sessions in this friendly class! Absolute beginners are welcome. You do not need to be funny: improv humour comes from speaking the truth and having fun, rather than thinking up witty retorts. This course is taught by Victoria Hogg, co-founder and co-host of south London’s loved and respected weekly improv jam, Duck Duck Goose Improv.

Song Writing & Performance

This course will provide a step by step guide to writing songs and will give you the opportunity to compose your own songs. We will be looking at what makes a good song, with a focus on both music and lyrics. Some musical experience is necessary (tutor can advise before enrolment).

Instrument Playing

Musicianship Theory & Appreciation

A series of modular courses which prepare students for the (optional) ABRSM exam; many of those who take the exam pass with distinction. A complete beginner would start at Grade 1 and could, with tutor guidance and the support of Kodály musicianship exercises, attain the Grade V qualification within 2 years.